Journal Entry ~ 09/11/18

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. - Joshua 1:8

If we do all of these things, then we will have good success. But what exactly does success mean?  Financial stability? Peace in our families? A loving marriage?  Obedient children? A successful career? Surely anyone would consider these things to be blessings, and having them together would be an abundantly blessed life. 

But does it?  If we had all those things, would we feel a deep desire to know God better?  We might feel self-sufficient and think it is our hard work yielding all the benefits in our own power. We wouldn't need to cry out to God because our lives would already be perfect. We wouldn't need to trust God because we would trust ourselves. Our desire for God is fueled by our needs. 

The reality is that when we have a strong desire in our lives that is unmet, that is when we drop to our knees in prayer. When our hearts cry out in the middle of a deep trial, that's when we pour over scripture for comfort. In the midst of my deepest trials, I have experienced God's blessings - He has shown me love without boundaries, peace that surpasses all understanding, and a faith beyond explanation. Simply stated, I would not be where I am in my walk with Christ, I would not know the intimate relationship that I have with Him, if He had blessed me with obedient children and financial abundance. Our greatest blessing, our greatest success, is only found in the presence of our King. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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